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Final Considerations Before Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Jun. 17, 2021

For cosmetic purposes, you may be considering Laser Hair Removal. This will allow you to save more time and you will have more time to do what you want to do. However, unlike other skin laser treatments, there are some preparations to be made before your laser hair removal treatment:

First, let's take a look at how laser hair removal works. Using the theory of selective light absorption, 808nm can be preferentially absorbed by the melanin of the hair. The hair shaft and follicle are then heated rapidly to destroy the oxygen supplying tissue around the follicle.

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There are a few final considerations prior to laser treatment to ensure permanent hair removal. Take the time to do these things before starting laser treatment for best results.

Stop waxing

Do not wax, epilate or otherwise perform any other hair removal treatment while undergoing laser treatment to remove hair at the root: your hair root needs to be present to be absorbed and hit the hair follicle. If the entire hair shaft is empty, then the laser treatment simply won't work. This is one of the main reasons why so many people try Diode Laser Hair Removal Machines and fail! Shaving is perfectly fine because the hair shaft is intact. In fact, all you should do is shave and clean the area before the laser treatment.

Hair thickness

The thickness of your hair may determine how quickly you see results: generally, the thicker the hair you intend to treat, the faster you will see results. Thicker hair has more surface area and contains more pigment than finer hair, and they will absorb more laser energy. If you are treating fine hair, you may need to be more patient and have more sessions to see results. If you are treating fine hair, you should choose a laser system rather than an IPL system.

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Avoid sun exposure

It is important to keep the skin being treated out of the sun for two weeks prior to laser hair removal. This includes tanning beds and self-tanners. Not only can their use cause discoloration of the skin after laser treatment, but sunburn can lead to excessive pain and blistering. Most laser professionals will not even treat clients with minor sunburns and will instead reschedule them for an appointment. Therefore, be sure to use sunscreen daily if you can't cover the treatment area outdoors.

Check your skin tone

The laser is only effective on black or dark hair because it targets the melanin in the hair follicles. If you have gray, light or red hair, the laser will not work. Also, if you have dark skin, then your skin will absorb too much energy. It is recommended to check the color of your hair and skin according to the laser professional chart to see if the laser treatment is suitable for your skin. Check all body parts properly, you may have light leg hair but dark bikini line. So check before you jump.

Check your medication

It is important that when you talk to a laser professional, inform them of all medications you are taking, both oral and topical. Certain medications can interfere with your laser treatment, which can reduce its effectiveness. Other medications can make your skin sensitive and more prone to burning or blistering. You should specifically inform your laser technician if you are taking antibiotics, birth control pills, acne and photosensitizing medications. You do not have to stop taking your medication, but your laser professional will be able to adjust your treatment accordingly and proceed with caution. In addition, if you start taking any new medications, you should be sure to let them know before your next appointment.

Makeup Removal or Makeup Removal

Ingredients in beauty products can sometimes affect the effectiveness of laser hair removal and should be removed prior to each treatment. This includes deodorants, makeup, lotions, ointments and anything else that is applied topically to the area. Use only soap and water to clean the skin that will be treated. If using makeup remover, be sure to rinse the area with water afterwards.

Have patience

You cannot expect miracles to happen overnight after a hair removal treatment. You have to be patient to see the results clearly. If you do not see any significant changes after one seat, do not give up and give it some time.

By following these recommendations, you will significantly reduce the risk of side effects caused by laser treatment. These can range from minor skin irritation to burns or discoloration. In addition, you are sure to get the most out of your laser hair removal treatment and get results that will last a lifetime.

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